Makaw lets us in with her debut single ‘Tell Me Why’
It’s not everyday that you find an artist who believes in music on a deeper level. Fresh on the scene, MAKAW is one of those artists who expresses her view of the world through her music. Inspired by the more experimental artists we know such as Thom Yorke, Lykki Li and Portishead, Makaw likes to paint us a picture of the world’s secrets and their unwritten stories.
On her debut track ‘Tell Me Why’, Makaw is extremely raw and tells us a story that feels so very broken and complex. The track tells the story of a relationship build on fear. Makaw compares herself to someone’s memory and the hard piano that opens the track seems to emit a feeling of anger as well as a delicate fragility within the story.
The piano is dominant in this track but synths seem to sneak up over it when the song hits a climax point. This gives ‘Tell Me Why’ a wonderful and rich texture, and holds it just on the edge of falling into a dark abyss of emotions.
Makaw‘s offering shows us how talented she is as a writer as well as a musician. With a story this moving being presented in such an organic way, with synths slowly moving in and out of focus, ‘Tell Me Why’ is refreshingly open and vulnerable.
She herself said of her musical project, “Songwriting for me is diving into what lies below the surface of our every day and telling the unwritten stories. It is a place for desire, the truth and for what really drives us. It is these stories and finding a sonic home to match them that has inspired and continues to propel me to create.”
This is only the first track Makaw has released into the world, but we can already tell that she is destined for big things.
Words by Lauren Payne